Aroos, strained yogurt wrap

Jordanian Cuisine | January 30, 2013 | By

It has been a long time dream of mine to start a Music and Dance centre for children. It took a long time to pull together the right resources, means and courage to decide to launch into such a venture. The time has come to realize this dream. I am in that “studying” phase, where numbers feasibilities, and revenues are being introduced to me by more number oriented people like my little brother. How do you measure passion and one’s dream? I guess that’s where the challenges of reality come in and one has to put on a calculating hat more than anything else. 

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While venturing into the unknown, I needed to use my hands and eyes to do what is familiar and comforting. Preparing food, taking a picture and writing about it. In Arabic a ‘Aroos’ means a bride and Even though I am not entirely sure why it is called that, I can only guess it is because of the satin like bread that wraps the white strained yogurt. This is a wrap that most children would have enjoyed at some point in their childhood in countries like Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

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There is not a particular recipe but rather a few ingredients to put together. To bring out the contrast in the salty flavour of this wrap, its best to accompany it with a sweet cup of black tea.

How to prepare.

  • 1/3 cup strained yogurt ( I love Total Greek yogurt)
  • Sprinkle that with two generous pinches of sea salt
  • 2 large tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh mint leaves
  • Zatar
  • Green pitted olived
  • Green thai chillies (just because I am lethal like that) I love chillies in the morning

After sprinkling the salt and mixing with the yogurt I would spread the bread in the middle cut the extra sides of the bread. Spread the yogurt, add oil, zataar, chillies, mint and olives. Fold both ends of the bread and wrap just as you see in the photos, cut in half. Enjoy. Bon Appetite.

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    Ghassan
    January 30, 2013

    Looks delicious .. Reminds me of my childhood back in the mists of time 🙂
    Great pictures too..

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    Glenda
    January 30, 2013

    That sure sounds wonderful. I hope the numbers add up!!:)

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    Krishna
    January 30, 2013

    All the best in your venture Lara. Your recipe sounds good. Miss u lots xx

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    Kathy
    January 31, 2013

    Such a simple and satisfying sandwich – sometimes, I put the labneh (strained yogurt) with the thick red spread “muhamarah” — paste of walnuts, hot pepper, cumin, pomagranate molasses, bread crumbs and olive oil–because the spicy spread complements the creamy labneh….and rolled up then sliced in rounds, looks nice enough to serve as an hors d’oeuvre. Good luck with your school!

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